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Green Mama: Finding an Envelope in a Pinch!

by Freebies4Mom on February 16, 2008 12:19 am

Have you ever desperately searched your desk looking for an envelope when you needed to mail something out now?! Here is an environmentally friendly tip for you that I developed out of desperation!

Remembering to buy envelopes when I am shopping with my infant and 4 year old son usually doesn’t happen. But being in the Coupon Exchange, I need envelopes to mail out coupons about every 2 weeks.
 I have discovered it is very easy to reuse envelopes I receive in junk mail instead of just recycling them.

As you can see in the photo, I took an envelope I received in one of the tons of credit card application it seems I receive every week, crossed out any preprinted information and stuck a mailing label over the original address. If you don’t have any blank mailing/return address labels, you could just cross out the address with a dark marker and write the new address right next to it.

I’ve tried it both ways with many different types of envelopes and it has worked every time! Hope this helps someone find an envelope in a pinch!

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K&E'sMama February 16, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Thanks Melinda, I neglected to say cross *everything* out with a marker or who knows where your envelope would end up!

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Melinda February 16, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Just be careful, because some envelopes have “special” barcoding that would need to be blacked out as well.Hugs,Melinda

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Lori February 16, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Wow, this is a really great idea. I pay all of my bills online, but still receive the paper bills. I usually toss out the envelopes 1st thing! Now I will save them to reuse (I just ran out of envelopes too, and keep forgetting to buy new ones!). Thanks for the tip!

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Veggiemomof2 February 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Great idea! I use envelopes for organizing my couponing & sending signed slips back to school, so this will help alot!

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Amy February 16, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I love to reuse stuff like this and the kids even love to have their own envelopes to put their pictures in for grandma and grandpa. I also love to use those free address labels!

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